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Five Things You Need to Read Today

Here’s your weekly update, for subscribers only, drawing your attention to five stories that are worth catching. Today, the main theme is the search for political ideas. Any ideas. 1. “I Need Wider Powers” I’m sorry I haven’t been commenting on the news for the past week, but the Tracinski household was hit by the […]

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Elon Musk’s Ticket to Nowhere

There’s a fine line between “visionary billionaire” and “huckster,” and Elon Musk just soared right over it. On Tuesday, Musk gave an overview of SpaceX’s plans, such as they are, for a rocket transportation system that would colonize Mars. All of this is pure Elon Musk, his by-now familiar pattern of distracting from an immediate, […]

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“The Martian” and the Earthlings

There’s one question everyone I know is asking about the film adaptation of Andy Weir’s novel The Martian: Did they mess it up? The book became a surprise self-published bestseller by drawing on a detailed and realistic understanding of the actual science and technology of space transportation—an outstanding example of “hard sci-fi“—to propel a suspenseful […]

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